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Advance Your Career with Passion

Posted By Theresa Pesch, RN, Hennepin Healthcare Foundation, Monday, May 1, 2017

Another marvelous Forum has wrapped up and, as always, we left inspired and ready to lead with passion. Keynote Susan Salka had us rethinking notions about women and leadership in health care. We got to hear from amazing women leaders such as Stacie Usem, 2017 Jean Harris Award winner, and Dee Thibodeau, 2017 recipient of the 21st Century Pinnacle Award. And we can’t forget about the 12 finalists and six winners of our Partnership & Collaboration awards – women who are truly shaking up the status quo in their areas of health care.

Building on the energy from the Forum, perhaps now is an excellent time to evaluate your career and plans for further development or advancement. Perhaps you heard Susan Salka talk about the need for personal passion in order to innovate and successfully collaborate, and it got you thinking about the things you are most passionate about. Did you know Susan advanced her career at AMN Healthcare in a variety of roles over the span of 27 years? Susan is a prime example of leading and growing personally and professionally by being passionate about her work.

Dee Thibodeau has a wonderful principle she lives by, which she discussed in her Forum video. It’s the idea that when you become a leader, it’s your responsibility to bring other women along with you. If we work together, we all will be successful. This is exactly what the TRUST set out to do and we’re passionate about it. We exist to help lift one another up whether through networking, mentoring programs like Accelerate! or programs such as the Pinnacle Leader Dinners. TRUST offerings are there to help aid leadership development and career advancement to help elevate not just one individual, but all of us as a whole.

Career advancement looks different for different people. To one person, it means reaching a top position. To another, it means starting a business. To another, it means gaining more experience in multiple areas to prepare for a more complex role in the near future. No matter how you define it, career advancement should be continually evaluated and considered rather than left to chance.

If you’re a member of the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST, congrats; you’ve already taken one step toward your career advancement! As you develop your career advancement plan, map out areas where the TRUST can help you achieve your goals. Do you need to fine-tune or acquire certain skills? Do you need to grow your network?

Think big, be bold, follow your passion, and take control of your career advancement. The TRUST, along with more than 450 members, is here to help!

Theresa currently serves as TRUST President, and President, Children’s Minnesota Foundation. Originally trained in nursing, Pesch has 25 years of health care administration experience and is a sought-after presenter for national philanthropy conferences. She was recognized as a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business honoree in 2012.



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Collaboration, Partnerships and Thank-Yous

Posted By Theresa Pesch, RN, Hennepin Healthcare Foundation, Thursday, April 6, 2017
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April is a big month for the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST with our signature professional development and networking event, The Forum, on April 20. It’s fitting the Forum theme this year is Collaboration through Partnership because it takes a great deal of collaboration and partnerships to make this extraordinary event occur. There are a number of people to thank for contributing to the Forum.

Thanks to the volunteers on the Forum Committee who have given their time since last fall to pull together this event. It’s the volunteers who make everything look seamless and easy even when we know it takes a great deal of effort and passion to bring about such a phenomenal event.

Thank you to our spectacular Forum sponsors who give generously so the TRUST can continue to offer a stellar evening of learning and networking opportunities for more than 800 attendees. Revenue generated during the Forum also contributes to our monthly programming throughout the year. When you see our sponsors at the Forum, please thank them for their contributions to the TRUST.

Thanks to everyone who made a nomination for the Forum Awards. We received so many outstanding nominations that the judges said it was very difficult to narrow the field in each category. In the end, 18 finalists were selected and six winners will be announced live at the Forum on April 20. Be sure to talk to the finalists at the Forum and learn more about their extraordinary collaborations. Our award finalists have some amazing stories to tell and we all have the opportunity to learn from their initiatives.

Thank you to our Forum keynote, Susan Salka, CEO, president and director of AMN Healthcare Services, Inc., based in San Diego, Calif. Under Susan’s leadership, AMN has become known as the innovator in health care workforce solutions and the largest and most diversified health care staffing company in the nation. Susan is a dynamic industry spokesperson in the health care community, is keenly aware of the need to promote the value of women in leadership and takes an active role helping others to achieve their personal and professional goals. Several of us with the TRUST have heard Susan speak in the past and, trust us, you will not be disappointed!

And thank you in advance to everyone who will attend the Forum on April 20. The Forum is an annual event for you! We know you want quality programs and stellar networking opportunities, and the Forum delivers on both. There’s truly something for everyone at the Forum! If you have not yet registered, there’s still time — don’t miss this signature event.

Theresa currently serves as TRUST President, and President, Children’s Minnesota Foundation. Originally trained in nursing, Pesch has 25 years of health care administration experience and is a sought-after presenter for national philanthropy conferences. She was recognized as a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business honoree in 2012.

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